Madison teachers, apologize for your racism — Part #2

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

Board of education president Gloria Reyes demands “the conversation around school discipline needs to be centered on race,” according to the WI State Journal.

Those who counter that school discipline needs to be centered on behavior will be asked to leave the conversation. Maybe the answer is pick out some white kids and toss them out of school. Got to make the numbers work.

Got implicit bias?

So, come clean, Madison teachers. Admit your guilt. Quit suspending kids who shoot a fellow student at Jefferson middle school. Stop picking on the ring leaders of those cafeteria brawls. Allow that girl to wreak havoc at that Whitehorse middle school classroom. Maybe tomorrow she will behave. Got to make the numbers work. Don’t want to wind up like Mr. Rob, an out-of-work pariah. Keep your heads down.

“We commit to analyzing and challenging both our personal
and systemic or institutional racialized
beliefs and practices.” — Madison Teachers Inc.

It’s Black Lives Matter at School Week, February 3-7. Pledge “solidarity for social and racial justice.” Not just plain ol’ race-blind justice like Martin Luther King Jr. sought, but social and racial justice. (For Extra Credit: define social and racial justice?)

 Says right on your teachers union website: “Society continues to marginalize, murder, and devalue Black and Brown lives.” Tell society to stop.

 That gun in the backpack is the fault of “mass incarceration, poverty, non-affordable housing, income disparity, homophobia, unfair immigration laws and policies, gender inequality, and poor access to healthcare.” Don’t forget the Orange Man in the White House!

 Put up a poster

 • Wear the BLM teeshirt.

•  Keep your head down and toe the party line.

•   Do penance for your white privilege. Exorcise your implicit bias. Get cozy with two separate and unequal standards of behavior.

Blaska’s Bottom LineSome would say therein lies the real racism — but they would not be the MMSD board of education. Some would say that you are doing no favors to anyone by short-changing discipline which, after all, is the foundation of learning. One cannot master a skill, finish a task, hold gainful employment without being on time, dutiful, and ready to take instruction. But those people are talking about behavior, not race.

How would YOU define social and racial justice?

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9 Responses to Madison teachers, apologize for your racism — Part #2

  1. Pingback: Madison teachers: apologize for your racism — Part #1 | Blaska Policy Werkes

  2. westsidesue says:

    They’ll never learn so why do we expect the kids to learn? Same old story.

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  3. Bob Dorn says:

    My oldest is doing BLM week at her school — “Tell us how you feel about Black Lives Matter”.
    My answer: Hey, did you see that ad in the Super Bowl where a black lady said “Thank you, Donald John Trump” She must be RACIST!

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  4. patrickmoloughlin says:

    “Board of education president Gloria Reyes demands ‘the conversation around school discipline needs to be centered on race,’ ”

    Wouldn’t you think that the well behaved, studious black and brown students (and there are plenty of them!) would be insulted and offended by that statement? And wouldn’t it also seem that the white troublemakers (again, plenty of them to go around,) might interpret this in the worst way possible, saying “They’re not talking about me, I’m not the problem, I’m white!”

    These people don’t even seem to listen to themselves.

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  5. Kevin Wymore says:

    Forgive the observation, but the Lives of All God’s Children Matter at Catholic and Lutheran schools in and near Madison. God loves children, we were taught, and skin color matters a whole lot less.


  6. Kevin Wymore says:

    “I have a dream — that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

    Martin Luther King, Jr.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      ”they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

      The Gotch maintains that the color of your skin ain’t important, the thickness (or lack thereof) of it does!

      The Gotch


  7. Scott F says:

    It’s the culture, stupid…..


  8. Pat Chapman says:

    New BEP- Don’t let kids do anything that will make you or their future boss dislike them. Use your good judgment.


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